Posts Tagged ‘blue’

NAILED IT!

photos + post by Kristin Ess

Sometimes you’ve gotta get a little country! Nothing screams sweet southern style more than gingham, so let’s make that into a mani, shall we?!

  1. Start by painting the nails white.
  2. Using the DIY sticker method we showed you a couple weeks ago, paint blue, pink, green or whatever color you love on a piece of tape. Wait for it to dry and cut it into thin strips. You’ll need 6-10 strips per finger.
  3. Lay 3-5 strips horizontally on the nail.
  4. Then lay the other 3-5 strips vertically.
  5. Trim the excess with cuticle nippers. (I decided to add one more blue strip at the tip of the nail at this point because I thought it looked better with blue at the top!)
  6. Apply a quick drying top coat to seal your gingham pattern.

You can do all your nails or just one. I didn’t want an overwhelming sense of this pretty lil’ pattern, so I just stuck to one.

MISMATCHED EYES: OUI OU NON?

photo: mateusz stankiewicz

From afar it looks like a fun use of Spring color! Look a bit longer and you’ll notice she’s wearing two different colors on her eyelids. And somehow she pulls it off! Very interesting… We’re on the fence about this daring look. If you keep it in the same family, like a teal and an aquamarine, it’s doable, but what’s the message? That you love breaking the rules and march to the beat of your own drum? I can respect and admire that. Anything is better than vanilla or cookie cutter I guess… but would my clients think I’ve lost my mind if I suggested it for the red carpet?! Most of them! What do you all think?

FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS

photo of lauren conrad: james dimmock post designed by: amy nadine

Have you ever wondered why the whole world wears jeans that are blue?  Yes sometimes we change it up, but why is blue the standard?  I’ve pondered that question many times and have to quess it’s because everything from a pink sweater to a black halter top looks good with blue.  It’s just one of those things… and the same theory goes for eye shadow. Blue eye shadow looks good on EVERYONE! Sounds crazy but if you dare to try it, you’ll see it looks gorgeous with brown, blue and green eyes, warm and cool undertones, blondes and brunettes, African American skin to pale ivory skin.  Again, it’s just one of those things!

For the faint of heart, try a liner like I did on Lauren above on my very second job with her back in 2007.  You can line both your top and bottom lash lines with an electric or navy-blue kohl or liquid liner, or just line the bottom like we did.

For the more adventurous, try a single wash of blue color across your lid.  Then skip liner but really coat your lashes black.

And for the ultra risk-taker, use a light blue shadow on the inner corner, a medium blue shadow on the lid and a bright blue shadow along the outer crease, corner and across the bottom. Line the inner waterline with a black liner and really coat your lashes black.

For all three looks, pair your eyes with one of these monochromatic choices:

  • Nude blush + nude lip
  • Peach blush + peach lip
  • Rosy-pink blush + rosy-pink lip

Then pair it with your favorite blue jeans of course!  And as always, we’d love to see pictures so please tweet them to us @TBDofficial and we’ll retweet!

XO Amy Nadine

TIPPED OUT


all photos: Kristin Ess + thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess

Lots of emails this week asking for a tutorial on Lauren’s temporary bright colors. Here I’ve replicated the process for you in 7 steps on an extension. While I never recommend bleaching out the ends of your hair at home, if you want to do the fun colors yourself, maybe get the tips bleached out by a pro + then play with the temporary colors on your own. The best things about this color– you’re able to hide it in a bun for work if you need to, AND you’re only doing a couple of inches on the bottom so it won’t kill you to cut it off if you get over it quickly.

TOOLS: highlighting comb, clips, foils, color brush, hair bleach with the appropriate volume (always seek a professional when using bleach), light pink color, dark pink color, light blue, dark blue, clear gloss.

Step 1 Highlight the tips of the hair using hair bleach with the correct volume. I lightened the bottom 3 inches of Lauren’s hair, taking it as light as possible without causing any damage. As you can see above, I like to “feather” on the bleach. Painting a jagged line makes it blend better.

Step 2 Fold up your foil and let it process until it reaches a pale blonde. Use the appropriate heat if necessary.

Step 3 Shampoo and lightly condition bleach out of the hair.

Step 4 Blow hair completely dry. If it’s still wet, it will soak up less color.

Step 5 Place the hair on a foil. Imagine the bleached out part being split into 3. You’re going to leave the top 1/3 blonde.

Step 6 Next, paint the light blue (or whatever color you choose) on the entire bottom 2/3.

Step 7 Paint the very tips (or bottom 1/3) using the darker version of that color. It should look almost feather like. Be sure to blend. Last, rinse out the color. I highly suggest washing them out one piece at a time and towel drying well so the colors don’t bleed into each other. If they do, you may see a “marbleizing” effect. I love when the colors all swirl together like that, but if you’re looking to keep them more defined, keep them away from each other when they’re wet. I like to finish up by sealing it with a clear gloss. That’s a professional use only product so if you don’t have access to it, you don’t have to do that. Blow dry and…Tah Daaah!!

This is such a fun summer trend and I hope everyone finds their own fun way of doing it. This is the time to get creative. Once it fades from the sun, pool, beach, or general wear, it becomes a pastel version which I think  is equally gorgeous! Color care shampoo can help keep your bright color from fading. Condition well and again, don’t let the wet strands sit next too each other too long if you don’t want the colors blending.

XX Kristin Ess